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Research and pilots promoting sustainable urbanisation

The share of population living in cities and urban areas is increasing globally. Up to 70% of Finns already live in urban areas, while the global figure is over 50%. Urbanisation is often considered an economically favourable development trend, but it is challenging in terms of social and ecological sustainability.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) produces information and solutions that promote sustainable urbanisation. We provide policy-makers, citizens and other stakeholder groups with information related to urban development. We reinforce the role of urban residents in the implementation of sustainable development, and make use of the prevailing culture of experimentation. Our goal is to provide cities and other urban actors with keys to making sustainable choices and decisions.

We combine research and development activities that promote sustainable change in cities and urban areas. We seek to introduce new environmental dimensions to urban research and to strengthen international co-operation in the field.

”If we want urban residents to make sustainable choices, we need solutions that support them at the local level.”

- Emma Terämä, Sustainable Urbanisation Programme Director

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Director Emma Terämä Introduces the research themes of the Sustainable Urbanisation Programme.

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Marko Tainio


Director  Marko Tainio,
Sustainable Urbanisation Programme
tel. +358 295 252 127, firstname.lastname@syke.fi

 

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We already have climate solutions – How can Finland meet the challenges set by the IPCC report?

2021-08-13
The report on the Physical Science Basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on Monday states that human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. This will affect life on land, at sea and in the atmosphere. To combat climate change, we need rapid and comprehensive and system-level actions that reduce emissions, enhance carbon sinks and help us adapt to changes.
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Published 2019-06-28 at 14:01, updated 2021-03-31 at 8:17
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